08.27.2015

What to do About the Antidepressants, Antibiotics and Other Drugs in our Water

"There’s no way around it, the headlines are disturbing. And they come, not from tabloids or click-bait blogs, but from papers published in scientific journals. They describe fish and birds responding with altered behavior and reproductive systems to antidepressants, diabetes medication, and other psychoactive or hormonally active drugs at concentrations found in the environment. They report on opiods, amphetamines and other pharmaceuticals found in treated drinking water; antibiotics in groundwater capable of altering naturally occurring bacterial communities; and over-the-counter and prescription drugs found in water leaching from municipal landfills. And these are just some of many recent studies examining the countless pharmaceuticals that are now being found just about everywhere scientists have looked for them in the environment...."

“If we don’t do something, it might get worse...”

The above quote summarizes one of the main points of the article. Though the amount of pharmaceuticals found in the water system is fairly small, it's impact could pose problems in the future. The Cactus Smart Sink® not only helps prevent drug diversion, but also helps prevent these drugs from negatively impacting our environment. The waste generated by the Cactus Smart Sink® is typically incinerated, which has a lower impact on our environment than throwing drugs in the trash or flushing down the drain.  Click the link below for the entire article.

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